EARNINGS BEFORE CHARGES INCREASE 12% AT FOOD LION

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here last week said income exclusive of a charge to cover store closings increased 12.1% to $30.6 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 1.the store-closing charge, Food Lion reported a loss of $73.4 million in the 16-week quarter. This compared with net earnings of $27.3 million in 1992's 17-week fourth quarter.In the year-ago fourth quarter, Food Lion's results were

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here last week said income exclusive of a charge to cover store closings increased 12.1% to $30.6 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 1.

the store-closing charge, Food Lion reported a loss of $73.4 million in the 16-week quarter. This compared with net earnings of $27.3 million in 1992's 17-week fourth quarter.

In the year-ago fourth quarter, Food Lion's results were affected by a "PrimeTime Live" television news report critical of its meat an

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